After growing up battling on the streets, Wayne Rooney claims that his father would ‘give him a slap’ during heated arguments.
WAYNE ROONEY has admitted that when he was growing up on Merseyside, his own father would ‘give him a slap’ during heated arguments.
The 35-year-old Manchester United legend will be the focus of a fascinating documentary that will premiere on Amazon Prime in early 2022.
Rooney also reflects on his childhood of fighting in Croxteth, Liverpool, saying that even his father Thomas would hit him because he ‘wasn’t the kindest kid.’
Rooney says in one clip: “I was raised in a household where we had to battle for everything. That is something I will never forget.
“Croxteth is where I grew up. You don’t think it’s a violent place if you’re from there.
“I’ve had full-fledged disputes with my father, and he’d slap me.
“I wasn’t the nicest kid in the neighborhood. When I was younger, I used to get into a lot of fights.” Gary Neville, a former United and England teammate, talks up about Rooney’s aggressive nature in one incredible scenario, adding that he would “throw the odd punch but never when they didn’t deserve it.”
During the documentary, Neville makes the following claim: “He pretended to be a street kid.
“Of course, he’d throw the occasional punch… but I’ve never seen him punch someone who didn’t deserve it.”
Thierry Henry, a former Premier League adversary and Arsenal icon, could tell Rooney had a nasty streak.
“You looked at him and you knew: He intended to destroy everything that was in front of him,” the France legend reveals in the Amazon episode.
Of course, Rooney’s most famous red card came at Euro 2004 when he screamed at Cristiano Ronaldo, who would later become his teammate.
Rooney goes on to discuss his various off-field issues in the Amazon documentary.
Rooney, on the other hand, expressed his desire to be remembered for “who I am, not what I’ve done.”
He states in the documentary: “What people don’t realize is that you’re 17 years old, and you’re bound to make errors.
“People continue to look at me differently. However, it is critical that people remember me for who I am rather than what I have accomplished.
“Whether I like it or not, football is and will be a part of my life till the day I die.”
Coleen claims she’s ‘forgiven’ Rooney for his antics in another footage from the upcoming documentary, but concedes they’re ‘not appropriate.’
*’Rooney’ will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in the United States in early 2022; the official teaser can be viewed here.